Rafael Nadal increased his lead over Roger Federer at top of ATP rankings

Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday.

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer moved to the second position, while Britain’s Andy Murray, who is out of action due to a hip injury, came third.

German Alexander Zverev jumped to the fourth position, ahead of Marin Cilic.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic moved down to the sixth place, while Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka dropped four positions to occupy the eighth.

Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta jumped nine positions to join the top 10 list.

The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Nadal Rafael Spain 9465 16
2. Federer Roger Switzerland 7505 16
3. Murray Andy United Kingdom 6790 18
4. Zverev Alexander Germany 4470 24
5. Cilic Marin Croatia 4155 22
6. Djokovic Novak Serbia 4125 17
7. Thiem Dominic Austria 4030 28
8. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 3690 18
9. Dimitrov Grigor Bulgaria 3575 24
10. Carreno-Busta Pablo Spain 2855 25

Our champ is defending just 100 ranking points in the upcoming months; Roger Federer has nothing to defend.

Sources: ATP, EFE

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Welcome back to No. 1, Rafa!

The post Cincinnati rankings are up. Rafael Nadal has officially returned to the World No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2014.

Today is Rafa’s first week at No. 1 in 2017, but overall, our champ is celebrating his 142nd week and 995th day at the top spot. As far as hours, Rafa has enjoyed more than 23,860 hours at No. 1, ATP World Tour reports.

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Rafa’s ascension to the top spot ends Andy Murray’s 37-week stay at No. 1, with Andy now trailing our champ by 495 points.

ATP rankings as of August 21, 2017:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Nadal Rafael Spain 7645 16
2. Murray Andy United Kingdom 7150 18
3. Federer Roger Switzerland 7145 16
4. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 5690 18
5. Djokovic Novak Serbia 5325 17
6. Zverev Alexander Germany 4470 24
7. Cilic Marin Croatia 4155 22
8. Thiem Dominic Austria 4030 28
9. Dimitrov Grigor Bulgaria 3710 24
10. Nishikori Kei Japan 3195 21

Rafa will keep the place until at least September 11, with the US Open starting next week.

First time: Rafa’s debut at World No. 1 was 18 August 2008 and his stay there lasted almost a year, until 5 July 2009.

Second time: He reclaimed the throne on 7 June 2010, the day his longest streak started.

Third time around: In October 2013, Rafa again climbed to the top Emirates ATP Ranking a long injury layoff. It was a remarkable comeback during a year to remember.

Source: ATP World Tour

New ATP Rankings: How can Rafael Nadal become world number one in Cincinnati?

Rafael Nadal, Cincinnati August 2011 for Nike.

This week’s rankings are out and, as expected, the point difference between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has gotten smaller. Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev switched places and now young German has risen to a career-high No. 7 after capturing his second ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal.

Either Rafa or Roger will replace Andy Murray at the top of the standings on 21 August.

UPDATED: Rafa will replace Andy as the new world No. 1 next Monday as Roger pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters.

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Murray Andy United Kingdom 7750 19
2. Nadal Rafael Spain 7555 16
3. Federer Roger Switzerland 7145 15
4. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 5780 19
5. Djokovic Novak Serbia 5325 16
6. Cilic Marin Croatia 5155 22
7. Zverev Alexander Germany 4470 24
8. Thiem Dominic Austria 4030 28
9. Nishikori Kei Japan 3285 21
10. Raonic Milos Canada 3230 22

The ATP site has an article up about how the rankings could look by the end of Cincinnati Masters.

Rafa and Roger’s potential points in Cincinnati:

Cincinnati DNP 2R 3R QF SF Final Title
Nadal 7,465 7,475 7,555 7,645 7,825 8,065 8,465
Federer 7,145 7,155 7,235 7,325 7,505 7,745 8,145

Rafa has spent 141 weeks at No. 1 (seventh most weeks all-time). He has three times finished year-end No. 1, most recently in 2013. He would already be No. 1 had he advanced to the semi-finals at either Wimbledon or Montreal.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

ATP Rankings: Rafa, Roger Battle for No. 1

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The post Wimbledon rankings are up.

Andy Murray remains top of the rankings but is now just 308 points ahead of Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to No. 3.

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Murray Andy United Kingdom 7750 18
2. Nadal Rafael Spain 7465 15
3. Federer Roger Switzerland 6545 14
4. Djokovic Novak Serbia 6325 17
5. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 6140 20
6. Cilic Marin Croatia 5075 23
7. Thiem Dominic Austria 4030 28
8. Nishikori Kei Japan 3740 20
9. Raonic Milos Canada 3310 21
10. Dimitrov Grigor Bulgaria 3160 24

According to ATP, Federer has no points to defend for the remainder of the season, while Rafa has 370 points and Murray has a whopping 5,460 points to defend following his incredible run at the end of the 2016 season.

Rafa  is scheduled to play eight tournaments through the remainder of 2017. If our champ stays healthy and keeps playing good, he should comfortably take the top spot from Murray. Federer will have to do better than Rafa at pretty much every tournament that they contest to become world No.1 again.

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ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal is so close to being No. 1 again

Rafael Nadal poses during a photocall to celebrate his record breaking 10th French Open title at Quai de Grenelle on June 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The new rankings are up. After his success at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal climbed to second in the rankings (his highest placing since October 2014), cutting the gap on Andy Murray to just 2605 points.

Rafa didn’t play a single grass-court event last year. Andy won both Queen’s and Wimbledon so he will need to defend all those points from last year.

ATP Rankings (as of Monday):

1. Andy Murray – 9890
2. Rafael Nadal – 7285
3. Stan Wawrinka – 6175
4. Novak Djokovic – 5805
5. Roger Federer – 4945
6. Milos Raonic – 4450
7. Marin Cilic – 4115
8. Dominic Thiem – 3985
9. Kei Nishikori – 3830
10. Alexander Zverev – 3070

Novak Djokovic slid from No. 2 to No. 4, his lowest status in 7 1/2 years. Andy Murray retains his No. 1 ranking and Stan Wawrinka stays at No. 3. Roger Federer is still No. 5 after missing the French Open for the second year in a row.

Rafa is still #1 in the year-to-date rankings. ATP still hasn’t published it, but our champ is definitely the first player to qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament, to be held from 12-19 November at The O2 in London.

Rafa was asked yesterday whether getting back to No. 1 in the rankings is important to him. He has spent a total of 141 weeks there, most recently in July 2014. He said:

I am playing well. I am in a good position. I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that’s the only thing that matters today, no?

Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number (in) the ranking.

The next Grand Slam tournament, Wimbledon, starts on July 3.

Source: The Associated Press

Rafael Nadal overtakes Roger Federer for the No. 4 ranking in the world

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With victory over Austrian Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s Madrid Open final, Rafael Nadal has moved up to fourth in the official ATP rankings, pushing Roger Federer down to fifth.

Britain’s Andy Murray remains top ahead of Serb Novak Djokovic and Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Murray Andy United Kingdom 10360 17
2. Djokovic Novak Serbia 6845 15
3. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 5605 19
4. Nadal Rafael Spain 5195 14
5. Federer Roger Switzerland 5035 14
6. Raonic Milos Canada 4180 19
7. Thiem Dominic Austria 4035 28
8. Cilic Marin Croatia 3735 23
9. Nishikori Kei Japan 3470 18
10. Goffin David Belgium 3055 24

Rafael Nadal is now also leading the ATP Race to London since he has taken the top spot from Roger Federer. He has 690 points more than his Swiss rival. Rafa can further extend his lead with more wins this week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which Federer is not playing.

Source: ATP World Tour

ATP Race to London: How close is Rafael Nadal to replacing Roger Federer as number one?

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The post Barcelona rankings are up.

There’s no movement in the top ten from last week, but with titles in Barcelona and Monte-Carlo, Rafael Nadal continues to edge closer to No. 4 Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings, while he also moves to within 300 points of his Swiss rival in the ATP Race to London.

ATP rankings as of May 1, 2017:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Andy Murray United Kingdom 11870 18
2. Novak Djokovic Serbia 8085 16
3. Stan Wawrinka Switzerland 5695 20
4. Roger Federer Switzerland 5125 15
5. Rafael Nadal  Spain 4735 15
6. Milos Raonic Canada 4165 19
7. Kei Nishikori Japan 4010 19
8. Marin Cilic Croatia 3565 22
9. Dominic Thiem Austria 3535 29
10. David Goffin Belgium 2975 25